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STACKED WITH TECHNOLOGY. CALIFORNIA’S STACKED RESTAURANTS FEATURES IPADS AT THE TABLES AND ASHLY NE8250PE AMPLIFIER/DSP BEHIND THE TUNES

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 2011: Remember the on-board food ordering systems aboard the starships in the (pick your favorite) Star Trek series? After a long day battling deadly aliens, navigating thorny philosophical predicaments, and contextualizing the human experience, Captain (pick your favorite) would select a meal on a TV screen mounted on the wall and, moments later, food would be either delivered via high-tech dumb waiter or fabricated on the spot from raw chemical constituents. Well, now thanks to the iPad(r) and the visionary team behind Stacked, you too can order your food on a screen (deadly aliens, etc. optional). With an iPad at every table and an addictive app that allows customers to visually build their ideal burgers, pizzas, salads, and desserts, Stacked offers a glimpse into the future. And because everything about the California-based chain needs to live up to our hopeful expectations about that future, A/V integrator No Static Pro Audio Inc. (Burbank, California) delivered hi-fi sound to all three existing locations using eight-channel Ashly Audio ne8250pe amplifiers with onboard DSP and out-of-the-box network-ready integration.

From the customer’s perspective, the iPad ordering system is transparent and easy to navigate. For example, the hamburger builder allows the user to drag tomatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, etc. from one side of the screen to a virtual burger on the other side of the screen. When they’re finished, they hit “send to kitchen” and a sophisticated triangulation system determines the table of origin and then communicates the order to the cooks. When they’re finished, customers have the option of using the built-in credit card readers to pay for their meal with the iPad. “I think it’s worth pointing out that the food is really, really good,” asserted Eugene Gordon, CEO of No Static Pro Audio Inc. “The technology will get people in the door once, but the quality of every other aspect of their experience will keep them coming back.”

Music is a high priority at Stacked. Chief information officer Brian Pearson is passionate about selecting upbeat tunes from across a range of contemporary genres. The songs reside on a gigantic MegaSeg repository from which a week of back-to-back songs will never repeat – and never let the carefully molded Stacked brand topple. No Static Pro Audio Inc. came to the project on a recommendation from another contractor already involved in the creation of the restaurants, and the pairing couldn’t have worked out better. “It’s fun working with Brian,” Gordon said. “He’s knowledgeable and excited about new technology and great sound.” To tie the Stacked music experience into the Stacked iPad experience, Gordon worked out a little app that allows patrons to review the last five songs that played, right from the table’s iPad.

The sound system Gordon designed for Stacked is both high-performance and cost-effective. Eight-ohm ElectroVoice ZX1-90 full-range loudspeakers provide audio throughout the establishment and JBL SRX718S 18-inch subwoofers kick up the kicks around the bar and dining area. An Ashly ne8250pe paired with an Ashly WR-5 wall-mount remote control comprise the rest of the audio system. The ne8250pe delivers eight channels at 250 watts per channel into 4 ohms (and since Gordon ran two 8-ohm loudspeakers per channel, that’s what they deliver). Moreover, the ne8250 has onboard Protea(tm) DSP and network integration – all in a single unit that is only two rack-spaces high.

Gordon reduced the cost of the project by turning to the Ashly model ne8250pe for the sound system amplification, matrix mixing, control and digital processing. The on-board 8-in x 8-out Protea(tm) DSP processor and matrix mixer provides overall equalization for the system, loudspeaker alignment & delay, and matrix mixing to allow, for instance, satellite TV audio for the bar and, at the same time, background music everywhere else. It also provides auto-leveling and brick-wall limiting. The programmable Ashly WR-5 allows Stacked staff to change volume separately in each zone. In addition, it allows them to select the MegaSeg playlist or the satellite TV as the input source for each zone.

“The Ashly ne8250pe is a high-performance, cost-effective, space saving solution for a place like Stacked,” said Gordon. “We were able to tuck the two rack-space unit into the server rack located in the equipment room, which was dominated by the back-end iPad infrastructure. The amp is reliable, great sounding, and powerful – indeed, Stacked has tons of clean headroom. Mostly to offer peace of mind, we employed the ne8250′s network capability so that we could monitor and change its status remotely.”

Be on the lookout for more Stacked locations opening up nationwide. Their plan is to open four to five of the restaurants each year!

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO
With a greater than thirty-seven year history, Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets.

www.ashly.com

WRIGHT CONSULTING ASSOCIATES INC. CREATES DESIGN SOLUTIONS USING DANLEY MINI SUBS AND GENESIS HORNS

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 2011: Since its formation in 1985 on the burgeoning north side of Indianapolis, Indiana, College Park Church has grown consistently and rapidly. Its early meetings at a local hotel quickly overflowed and inspired a move to a local warehouse where, after a few years of fundraising, College Park set down roots in a new building all its own. But its blessing of growth continued apace, inspiring one, then two, then three Sunday services. Now, decades later, College Park Church is celebrating the completion of a new 4,000-seat sanctuary with raked seating that can accommodate the entire congregation (for now at least!). David Wright, president at Wright Consulting Associates, recommended a subwoofer solution with Danley Sound Labs TH-MINI subwoofers, which are small, (true to their name), tremendously efficient, and truthful (true to their brand). WCA arranged an audition for the church A/V tech team and recommended that subwoofers already designed be replaced with Danley models instead.

College Park Church’s musical style is best described as contemporary, diverse… and big. A live band, a full choir, and an orchestra complement the sermon. Indeed, the services often incorporate dramatic reenactments and prerecorded multimedia support, both of which require full sound reinforcement.

“Originally some soft ideas about ground stacking subwoofers in fairly arbitrary positions along front walls and corners of the room led to inconsistent low end,” said Wright. “Flying subs is always preferred by Wright but structural considerations conspired to nix the idea. The next best idea was to hide subwoofers underneath the center dais.

“But the space underneath the dais kept getting smaller during construction,” Wright continued. “It was an ideal application of the Danley TH-MINI subwoofer, which we had flown successfully in other projects. The TH-MINI is the only subwoofer on the market that could be hidden under the dais and yet still deliver compelling deep bass to 4,000 seats.” Although audio products used in audio systems are important, Wright is quick to point out that they are nothing without proper balancing and commissioning. “That intangible part of the system was done exceptionally well by Acoustic Dimensions, who we originally recommended to Aspen Group, our architect. By cleverly employing delays, listeners anywhere in the sanctuary naturally localize all sounds to the stage, the best part of the design and key to the performance of the system.”

Looking to the future, Wright will again employ eight Danley TH-MINI subwoofers in Indianapolis’ Shortridge High School, an historical location. In a state where basketball is king, (eighteen of the largest high school gyms in the USA are located in Indiana – and it was the inspiration for the movie Hoosiers) the school’s new 4,000-seat gymnasium will be large enough to host large sectional tournaments. Wright and his employees Daniel Farrar and Russ Hoppel carefully modeled the space in EASE and determined that the bass component would be best served by flying two end-firing subwoofer arrays, each lobe aimed at one of two gigantic bleacher sections, to minimize spill from room surfaces.

But the modeling served an acoustics purpose first. “We worked to simultaneously keep the acoustic budget in line even while bringing a six-second reverb down to one-and-a-half seconds,” explained Wright. “We considered a number of full-range solutions and planned to present them to the client as a ‘good, better, best’ option set.” But we were surprised that the “best” option was two Danley Genesis GH-60 horns, one for each bleacher section. Its efficiency and tight pattern control would work in synergy with well placed acoustical treatments to maintain impact and clarity. “The numbers led us to the realization that the Danley solution would be less expensive than the original design. Wright said. “The Genesis Horn coverage and efficiency allowed us to replace nine other boxes with just two Danleys. The reduction in the total loudspeaker cost combined with the reduction in installation labor made the Danley solution the least expensive and also best performing.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS
Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

API 1608 INSTALLED IN PARIS STUDIO

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 2011: A testament to API’s growing global market appeal, one of the company’s renowned 1608 analog consoles has recently been installed in the Paris recording facility STUDIO K. Owned and operated by French musician, composer, engineer and producer David Chalmin, STUDIO K resides in the very center of Paris and offers recording and mixing services to artists from all genres.

“When I decided to invest in a new console, I knew right away that I wanted something with a distinctive sound,” said Chalmin. “I was going to invest a lot of money, and I didn’t want my console to have a ‘transparent’ mixer; I can reach transparency in the digital world. I wanted analog. When you think of analog, you think of color-and when you think of color, you think API. I knew the 1608 had the color I loved: warm and crisp,” he said.

Chalmin, who has worked with acts such as Nadeah, the Labéque Sisters and Nicola Tescari and Sophia Charaï, has been part of the French music industry since joining Beatles “re-elaboration” contemporary, rock band B for Bang in 2006. He is also a guitarist for Nadeah and member of two other groups – experimental/improvisational rock band Dimension X (guitarist) and rock duet Red Velvet (singer, guitarist). Developing a passion for recording, producing and engineering through a makeshift home studio, Chalmin officially opened STUDIO K in 2009 and soon after decided he needed a top-rated console – the API 1608.

“I also chose the 1608 for its modularity,” Chalmin said. “Being born in the digital era, I’m used to having a lot of different EQs [through plug-ins], and, to me, it was great being able to have a console that allowed me to choose different flavors through EQs and other processors. With the 1608, I can evolve the mix along with my tastes or change it by using different modules depending on which project I’m working on.”

Expandability was also a key reason Chalmin chose the console for STUDIO K. “I designed the console’s furniture to fit an expander, which I hope to welcome someday soon. The fact that the 1608 allows you to build upon it little by little makes this top-quality board really affordable.

“It has exactly what I need and not a thousand things I don’t,” Chalmin said. “It’s simple and comprehensive. And it’s the most beautiful console, isn’t it?”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment. www.apiaudio.com

SYMETRIX JUPITER PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY BENEFITS RODGERS ORGANS

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 2011: For over half a century, Rodgers Instrument Corporation has been designing and manufacturing church, concert, and home organs that strike a magical balance between the deep traditions of so elegant an instrument and the cutting edge technologies that can make organs accessible to a wider audience. Recently, Rodgers signed Novo Group of San Francisco as the new dealer for Rodgers organs in Northern California. With almost thirty years of parallel experience in the acoustical/audio/video integration business, Novo Group principal Art Yeap made a small tweak to the standard Rodgers installation protocol: he added an 8-in/8-out Symetrix Jupiter 8 processor between the organ outputs and the amplifiers. The addition allows him to make a number of small adjustments that sum to a noticeably more balanced and musical whole.

Rodgers organs are found throughout the world in places both prestigious and intimate. For example, Carnegie Hall boasts a celebrated Rodgers organ that was dedicated by Virgil Fox, the most famous organist of the last century. At the other end of the spectrum, Rodgers organs can be found in the homes of many organ enthusiasts. However, the vast majority of new installations performed by Novo Group go into churches. Most are between two and four manual (i.e. keyboards) and based on proprietary digital synthesis technology. “Not only does Rodgers’ digital synthesis seek to capture the intentional attributes of organ sound, but it also seeks to recreate the anomalies and imperfections,” said Yeap. “For example, a Rodgers organ is continuously detuned in slight and random ways to recreate the nonlinearities of a pipe organ in the context of ever-shifting atmospherics.”

Each organ has multiple unbalanced stereo outputs that correspond with the ranks or sets of each division. In addition to the advanced processing capabilities that it gives him, Yeap inserts the Symetrix Jupiter 8 right at an organ’s output (and housed within the organ chassis!) to provide a true balanced output to the amplifier. “I’m still flexible, but after so many decades working with sound, I do have some strong opinions,” Yeap laughed. “The amplifiers that are standard with a Rodgers organ run close to their limit. So I replace them with Crown XLS-series amplifiers.” Because the amplifiers are sometimes quite remote, the balanced line is guaranteed to be quieter and more reliable.

Once inserted and housed, Yeap loads the “Line Processor 1″ app onto the Symetrix Jupiter 8 and uses Symetrix’ simple PC-based software to dial in the perfect speaker sound given the idiosyncrasies of the room that the organ will live in. His baseline processing includes high-pass filtering for those divisions that don’t have low bass and overall limiting to protect the loudspeakers from the potentially more powerful amplifiers. At volumes within the range that the factory speakers are capable of producing, the limiter lets signal pass unaffected. The limiter only kicks in at higher volumes.

“We selected the Symetrix Jupiter processor for this application because it is incredibly transparent, easy to use, and competitively priced,” said Yeap. “Its noise floor is below that of the organ itself and I have no qualms about an additional AD and DA conversion because it’s so faithful. The Jupiter’s app paradigm is simple to use, and even though I’m comfortable with the more complex open-architecture platforms out there, the Jupiter’s simplicity makes installation fast and painless. I just set my laptop on the organ, connect to the Jupiter via Ethernet, and dial it in.” Because the Jupiter powers up without hassle, Yeap can tie it into the master power for the entire organ system. The client doesn’t even need to know it’s there.

“The combination of additional processing and more amplifier headroom makes for a noticeably better organ sound,” said Yeap. “In fact, one of the Rodgers factory personnel who has been working with the organs for decades paid us an unsolicited compliment. He said our installations are the very best he’s ever heard a Rodgers organ sound. I’d say we’re doing something right!”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1.425.778.7728.

Yamaha 01V96i Mixer Launched


BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced the launch of the new 01V96i Digital Mixer, making its first official debut at this week’s InterBee Show. The new 01V96i offers a 16-track USB 2.0 interface for multi-track recording via MAC or PC. The new unit is identical in mixing functionality as its predecessor but cosmetically takes on a new black look for easy differentiation from the previous 01V Series dark blue. Since its initial release in 1998, the 01V has been used in a wide variety of applications, both personal and professional, ranging from recording and production environments to live sound and installation applications.
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LAMBEAU FIELD NEW HOME FOR DANLEY GENESIS HORNS

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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 2011: It would be hard to overstate the cultural significance of Lambeau Field. Set in a mid-sized city in eastern Wisconsin, the 73,000-seat “Frozen Tundra” is home to the reigning NFL champion Green Bay Packers. Season tickets to Lambeau Field have been sold out for over half a century, and despite repeated seating capacity expansions, the average wait time for the 81,000 desperate souls on the season ticket waiting list is thirty years. In addition to the high drama of “regular” Packers football, Lambeau Field hosted the 1967 “Ice Bowl,” where -15-degree air (-45 wind chill) provided a merciless backdrop for a contest that would have been historic at any temperature. As part of an ongoing commitment to ensure that game day lives up to its reputation, the Packers recently heeded pleas to improve stadium sound. A new distributed system, based on Danley Sound Labs’ revolutionary Genesis Horn, Synergy Horn, and Tapped Horn loudspeaker technologies, now provides clarity, intelligibility, and punch that has exceeded all expectations.
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DiGiCo SD10 Swings With McCune Audio At 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Fest

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McCune Audio/Video/Lighting has been handling the audio services for the acclaimed Monterey Jazz Fest since the 1960′s. In business since 1932, this full service technical event production company has done its share of myriad events in its nearly 80-year history. They purchased their first DiGiCo, an SD10, and the console made its debut at the 54th Annual Festival this past September.
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LECTROSONICS AND INTENT DIGITAL COMBINE FOR NEW NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY AV SYSTEM

* Photo: Bob Ginger controlling the Lectrosonics ASPEN units *

Flagstaff, AZ – November 2011… With 39 satellite campuses throughout the state, Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a highly respected research university offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs to approximately 25,000 students—17,000 of which are enrolled at the Flagstaff campus. At the Cline Library on the main campus, the University recently upgraded its Assembly Hall—a multipurpose space for lectures, presentations, meetings, movies, and more—with a new digital video and audio system. Encompassing a wide assortment of input sources that includes computers, document camera, VCR’s, DVD and Blu-ray surround sound playback plus microphones, the various audio feeds constitute a complex audio setup—one that is very competently managed by an ASPEN processing system from Lectrosonics. more

CANADIAN HIT-MAKER PURCHASES API 1608 FOR COMMERCIAL STUDIO

TORONTO, CANADA–NOVEMBER 2011: Since breaking into the music scene in 2002, Juno Award-winning composer/producer Ian Nieman has created an array of hits and remixes for the likes of Mariah Carey, LeAnn Rimes, Nelly Furtado and Jason Derulo – all with the help of his API equipment. Now the owner of a new API 1608 console, Nieman plans to continue making even more Billboard-worthy tracks at his Canadian studio.
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Lake Processing Added to Yamaha Digital Products


BUENA PARK, Calif.—In conjunction with the official InterBee Show announcement today by Yamaha Corporation Japan, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the development of the MY8-LAKE processing card, designed exclusively for Yamaha digital products. The new card, to be distributed worldwide by Yamaha, adds cutting edge Lake® Technology to PM5D, PM5D-RH, M7CL, LS9, DM2000, DM1000, 02R96, and 01V96 digital consoles, as well as DSP5D Expander, DME24N/64N processors, and TXn power amplifiers.
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